Severe Storms Produce Small Tornado in Petroleum County

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 09:47:21-04

Severe thunderstorms ripped across central and eastern Montana, producing a rare but small tornado in Petroleum County. The tornado was brief, but confirmed by local law enforcement.

Wind gusts with the thunderstorms were as high as 90mph up on the Hi-Line. Hail was as large as baseballs near Judith Gap.

That line of storms will continue to move out of the state through the night into Wednesday morning. Wednesday will be a windy day across the entire state. A few showers and isolated thunderstorms (non-severe) will move along the Canadian border.

Highs will be cooler than normal in the 60s and 70s. Wind will gust up to 40-50mph, especially across northcentral and northeast Montana. Thursday will be a gorgeous day across the state with mostly sunny skies, light wind and highs in the 70s and 80s. A few isolated thunderstorms will move into western Montana late in the evening.

Another cold front will move through the state overnight into Friday morning with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. This front will quickly move out of eastern Montana by Friday afternoon. Most of the state will be sunny and breezy behind the front. The weekend will be warm and sunny with highs in the 80s to around 90.

Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz